Spring 2018 News

National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the nation. it is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and all those who promote and support libraries such as librarians, library boards, local governments, even associations such as the Friends who work tirelessly to bring books to life for millions of children, teens, adults and seniors.

Visit our Daily Book Sales in the Main Lobby of the Library, Mon – Sat, 10:30 to 4. There is also a small room full of books of all kinds to choose from. Prices usually range from $.10 to $1.00 per item.

The Hamilton Twp Public Library Board of Trustees is trying to fill two vacancies. If you are interested and have a capacity to serve, contact the Mayor’s Office with a letter and offer to serve stating your background. You must be a Hamilton resident. The Board meets for a few hours each month. The Library Board of Trustees oversees operation of the Public Library. This includes setting the policies for the following: purchase and payment of expenditures for the Library; hiring of a Library Director; management of Library property; and all things necessary to the establishment/maintenance of a free public library as required by New Jersey Statutes. A Regular Member appointment is for a term of five years.

The Friends recently purchased new phones for the Library. Whereas before staff had to scramble to find and use a phone, or interrupt each other at one’s desk to answer a phone, the new phones provide more and better access for carrying out the Library’s work, such as notifying residents of their reserve books, reminding customers of fines and taking care of billing, calling up interlibrary loans and much more.

The Hamilton Library has a Book Club. Meetings are the third Wednesday from 6:45 to 8:30 pm in the Main Floor quiet room. Books are a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery and memoir. Go to the Library website to see the line-up for 2018 at http://hamiltonnjpl.org/ and click “Book Club.” April 18th is “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout and May 16th is ‘up from South Philly” by Anthony Chiurco.

Free Creative Writing Classes at the Library. Hosted by author and Friend’s volunteer Rodney Richards, these sessions meet every Monday afternoon in the quiet room (Teen Room) from 1 pm to 4 pm. No RSVP necessary. Classes explore the art and craft of writing and participants share their stories or poetry and receive loving and supportive feedback. All levels and types of writing are welcome.

The friends donate books and other items to charitable institutions and schools in the area. Recipients recently have been Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bucks County Housing Authority, Big Brother/Big Sister, Camelot Daycare, and books have been sent as far away as Ghana and the Phillipines. We cannot deliver all items, but if you know of those interested like teachers who can collect them, please contact the Library at 609-581-4060 and ask to speak to Betty Kanoc or a Friends volunteer, or leave your contact information below with a short description of your need and organization.

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